Twelve Days of Christmas Recipes

December 8, 2021

By Anna Varriano

With the holiday season around the corner, I thought it would be timely to share some of my favourite recipes for this time of year. There’s something for everyone, and for every occasion, including soups & starters, appetizers, side dishes, a one-pot chicken curry, treats (including an easy no-bake recipe), and a festive breakfast idea … and they’re all gluten-free! In no particular order, here they are. Just click on the recipe title to get the recipe!

#1 – Leek and Cauliflower Soup

I love making this soup any time of year, and its festive red and green garnishes are perfect for the holidays!

#2 – Kale and Sweet Potato Casserole

Skip the potatoes this year and try this delicious and nutrient-packed casserole. Don’t like sweet potatoes or kale? The try this Cheesy Cauliflower and Spinach Casserole.

#3 – Coconutty Cinnamon Baked Squash

This baked squash is an easy and tasty side dish served as is. You can also use the baked squash halves as edible bowls and fill them with your favourite stew or curry as pictured!

#4 – Gingerbread Coconut Flour Cookies

I’m usually told not to ‘mess with’ my original Christmas cookie recipes … but sometimes I do to accommodate guests with celiac or gluten intolerance. These gingerbread peeps are cute and delicioius!

#5 – No Bake Date/Nut/Coconut/ Chocolate Balls

Don’t like baking? Need a holiday treat in a hurry? Try these delicious grain-free, egg-free, and dairy-free treats!

#6 – Easy-Peasy Eggnog

I’m not a huge eggnog fan, but I usually like to have a glass when we decorate the tree. This easy home-made version is egg-free and has way less sugar than store-bought.

#7 – Hummus

You can make this delicious hummus in no time at all for a fraction of the price of store bought ones which often use unhealthy oils. Skip the starchy pita bread and use veggies to scoop this yummy dip. Belgian endive leaves are one of my favourites! Top it with some fresh pomegranate seeds for a festive look!

#8 – Guacamole

Holy Moly this is a good guacamole! I’ll leave it at that. Try it with bell pepper slices and other veggies instead of corn chips!

#9 –Chickpea and Arichoke Salad

This delicious and healthy salad is quick and easy, so it’s perfect to throw together as a last minute contribution to a holiday pot luck. Add some sliced baby cucumbers and or green bell peppers to make it look more Christmassy!

#10 – Cheese Snip Cheesy Crackers

No need for crackers with these yummy cheese snip cheesy bites. Made with just cheese! A favourite crispy snack for those who need to avoid gluten .. and those who don’t! (p.s. if you need other grain-free/wheat-free snacks, check this out:  5 Grain-Free Appetizer & Party Foods

#11 – One-Pot Winner-Winner Coconutty Chicken Curry Dinner

This delicious one-pot chicken curry is the perfect way to warm up a crowd on a cold winter day. One of my family’s favourite tried and true recipes. Even if you just need to feed one or two, this is a great recipe as it freezes beautifully. Make it vegan or vegetarian by replacing chicken with more veggies (turnip, parsnip, kohlrabi – basically whatever you like!) and using veggie broth. It’s a great way to use up leftover turkey too! Skip the chicken and add chunks of your left over cooked turkey about 10 minutes before the end of the cooking time just so it heats up.

#12 – Delicious (Gluten-Free) Buckwheat Pancakes

I’m not gluten-intolerant so I could eat regular pancakes if I wanted to, but these ones are so much better. These buckwheat pancakes are easy to make and so yummy. Top them with plain yogurt, cinnamon, toasted coconut, maple syrup, and fresh berries for a festive holiday breakfast.

Ho-Ho-Hope you’ll try one of these recipes! :o)



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